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Cristiano Ronaldo's Top 6 Portugal Goals

Paul WilkesFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo's Top 6 Portugal Goals

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    Cristiano Ronaldo is without doubt Portugal's best player and well on his way to becoming one of their most important players of all time.

    His two goals against Cameroon in March took his tally for his country to 49 goals and ahead of former top scorer Pauleta.

    When you think of Ronaldo-type goals, long-range, speculative efforts and free-kicks spring to mind.

    However, his all-round ability does mean that he has scored numerous goals of varying styles.

    Here are his six best goals for his national side. 

6. Iceland, October 2010

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    The goal that took Ronaldo to 25 for Portugal was a little bit special.

    It was a free-kick, with the ball further over to the right-hand side than the centre in a situation that was probably better suited to a left-footer.

    However, Ronaldo wrapped his foot around the ball and lifted it over the wall into the far corner.

    The strike completely caught the 'keeper out and gave Portugal the lead in an important European Championship qualifier. 

5. Russia, October 2004

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    When reflecting on Ronaldo's development, it's easy to presume that he was a tricky winger of little substance in his early years.

    After all, he failed to score double figures in his opening two seasons at Old Trafford, despite making at least 40 appearances in all competitions in each.

    Surprisingly, of Ronaldo's first five goals for his country, three were headers.

    His sixth goal was more like what we have come to expect from the forward, and was his second of the match against Russia in a World Cup qualifier.

    He picks up the ball wide left and cuts inside before unleashing a fantastic strike from distance into the top corner. 

4. Kazakhstan, November 2006

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    This is another goal that sees Ronaldo flying at great pace toward the opposition goalkeeper.

    Kazakhstan may not be world beaters, and their retreating defender is clearly frightened of Ronaldo's speed, but the velocity with which he runs with the ball is outstanding.

    The finish isn't one of supreme power, either; he steadies his body before curling it into the far corner and in off the post.

    It's all about the precision with which he hits the ball. 

3. Panama, August 2012

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    In a friendly against Panama, Ronaldo showed his natural awareness for knowing exactly where the goal is.

    The ball is chipped into him, and he controls it with his chest before striking on the half-volley and into the corner of the net with his back to goal.

    It's the goal of a natural finisher. 

2. Denmark, October 2011

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    This goal came from a trademark free-kick, but turned out to be nothing more than a consolation, as Portugal were defeated 2-1 in the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

    He hits the ball across the seam in order to get a ridiculous amount of swerve on the effort.

    At first, many thought his free-kick successes were down to modern balls and the fact they are so light. However, former manager Sir Alex Ferguson argued that it was down to more than just luck.

    "The boy practises every day, that's the reason he's so good," said Ferguson, via The Daily Mail.

1. Netherlands, June 2012

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    This goal occurred in what was perhaps Ronaldo's best performance in an international tournament to date.

    The forward hit a brace in Portugal's 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the final group match of Euro 2012.

    An early Rafael van der Vaart goal left Portugal trailing before the forward popped up with the equaliser.

    The winner, from a counter-attack, was both a fantastic team goal and a quality piece of individual brilliance.

    Ronaldo started the move in his own half and accelerated to join the attack and finish it off with supreme composure. 

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